A stunning milestone in heritage craft
Malaysian heritage craft crosses another milestone today with the invention of SongtikÔ. The inaugural series of Songtik is a limited edition of exquisite shawls, some of which are custom made and one of a kind.
The PINK JAMBU Songtik Shawls is a showcase of highly skilled craftsmanship and the undeniable beauty and charm of these traditional crafts. To revive these ancient crafts, Pink Jambu and Royal Terengganu Songket have worked hard to make Songtik relevant to the fashionista of today by using contemporary yarns, colour palettes, prints and motifs.
“Each shawl is like a canvas. I paint a story on it with melur, kenanga and cempaka motifs.” says Tengku Marina, the design force behind Pink Jambu. These works of art are laboured over for 600 hours each, every step meticulously and lovingly crafted by hand. “We did a lot of experimentation with the yarns and weaving methods to get different effects on each songket piece.” says the Textile Design and Production Director from Royal Terengganu Songket who is also Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Not only does this project inject new life into these heritage crafts, but Royal Terengganu Songket (a heritage brand under Yayasan Tuanku Nur Zahirah) devotes itself to preserving the Malaysian heritage craft of songket, to provide a sustainable income for Malaysian artisans and to enable young Malaysians to continue the culturally defining tradition of weaving songket.
The launch event was an intimate event at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur. In attendance was Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Permaisuri Tuanku Nur Zahirah, the patron of Yayasan Tuanku Nur Zahirah.